Tulane offense remains missing in action as Wave falls 7-3 to Connecticut on homecoming _lowres

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO -- Tulane wide receiver Devon Breaux makes a 13-yard gain before being tackled by Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu at Yulman Stadium on Saturday.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED

Tulane has offensive issues this coaching staff cannot fix. Obviously the constant rain contributed to the Green Wave’s ineptitude Saturday, but it’s been a continuing story the past four years. This time, Tulane managed only one first down and reached Connecticut territory only once, settling for a field goal in the second quarter. Offensive coordinator Eric Price has had four years to design a competent unit and has not succeeded. Although coach Curtis Johnson was noncommittal after the game, changes may be coming.

2. TRENDING NOW

No bowl. With its November opponents sporting a combined record of 11-22, Tulane held out hope it could finish strong and become bowl-eligible at 6-6. The Wave can forget about that now after losing its fifth in a row to fall to 2-7. The reality is a team that had been blown out by almost every quality opponent it had faced would have no shot to win four in a row anyway. As often happens this time of year, the Wave will be playing for pride the rest of the way.

3. FINAL THOUGHTS

Tulane’s defense played hard for four quarters — again — despite having zero evidence its hard work would change the outcome. The work the defensive staff has done keeping the players motivated is impressive. Tulane forced nine three-and-outs, held UConn’s offense without a point and even came up big to give the offense one last shot in the final minute when it would have been easy to relax. At some point, the beleaguered offense has to take advantage of the defensive effort.